Must-See Sights in Tibet
Despite its strict policies around guides, transportation and permits, thousands of adventurous travelers cross over its border each year. Compelling politics, warm people, religious history and unmatched natural beauty make it more than worth the inconvenience of bureaucracy. And while Tibet is filled with plenty to do and experience, there are a few must-see sights that are essential stops on any visit to this spiritual land.
Mount Everest Base Camp
Intrepid travelers flock to this tented camp at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain. Stationed some 17,000 feet above sea level, it’s the jumping-off point for mountaineers looking to explore the cliffs of Everest. It offers impressive views of the Tibetan countryside and interesting company comprised of both locals and international adventurers.
Tucked into the hillside of the Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet, the Rongbuk Monastery offers travelers incredible views of not only of the world’s most famous mountain, but also the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it. Visitors can spend the night in one of the monastery’s sparsely decorated rooms and experience the life of a monk for an evening.
This massive saltwater lake is the second-largest in China and one of the most-visited sites in all of Tibet. Its high altitude requires most travelers to spend a few days adjusting to thinner air in one of the neighboring cities before making the trip to its salty shores.
In the early 1900s, Drepung Monastery ranked among the largest in the world with between 7,000 and 10,000 monks from the surrounding area. Travelers can bear witness to the region’s rich history and explore the caves, temples and grounds outside the iconic white pagoda.